CHAPEL HILL — A longtime university administrator and a retired Army general are this year's recipients of the University Award, the UNC system's top honor.
The honorees are Roy Carroll, who spent 45 years in higher education, including 20 in top administrative posts within the UNC system, and Hugh Shelton, the former Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who, in retirement, set up a leadership center at N.C. State.
Carroll, who is from Arkansas, came to the UNC system offices in 1979 as vice president for planning and was promoted twice. In his time at UNC, enrollment grew by 37 percent, the first systemwide minimum admissions standards were adopted, and academic standards were raised on many campuses.
Shelton, a native of Tarboro, is a 1963 graduate of NCSU, where he majored in textiles. He spent 38 years in various military positions and became the 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior ranking member of the armed forces, in 1997.
Shelton retired in 2001, after which he created and directs the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, which offers scholarship programs, executive forums and outreach activities.